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Volunteer Lawyers For Justice Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Public Interest Law

Mission: To change lives through access to legal justice.

Results: Every year, over 500 volunteer lawyers donate $2 million in free legal services to change the lives of 3,600 people.

Target demographics: Low-income and vulnerable people.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,600 people.

Geographic areas served: New Jersey.

Programs: We have 11 civil legal programs to help tenants facing evictions to stay in their homes; trafficking survivors and veterans expunge their criminal records; people facing financial hardship to declare bankruptcy and gain financial independence; victims of natural disasters to obtain stability, and more.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) from its earliest days -- prior even to its incorporation, and I have nothing but praise for this organization. VLJ fulfills the critical role of finding legal assistance for indigent persons in New Jersey, who, without VLJ's assistance, would not be able to obtain representation and would have to do without crucial services to which they are entitled. Over the years, VLJ has assisted countless children with disabilities receive an appropriate education, countless individuals recover from Superstorm Sandy, countless individuals receive assistance in family law matters, and on and on. There are very few organizations that provide lawyers in the types of matters VLJ handles, so VLJ's ability to leverage the assistance of hundreds of generous attorneys in NJ who volunteer their time, is vital for New Jersey's poor. I cannot recommend VLJ more highly as a place for anyone to donate their time and/or money.

Review from Guidestar


Board Member

Rating: 5

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice connects people who otherwise could not afford legal services with lawyers who are willing to donate their time. VLJ’s mission is to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice and pro bono representation with the goal of securing fair and equal treatment within the legal system. Often these services provide hope to people who just did not know where else to turn. I am proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees, because of how important the services VLJ provides are to the people who need them.

Review from Guidestar